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It has been awhile since I have consistently posted to Molehills out of Mountains. The challenges of the current school year have consumed a great deal of my time, and energy — both physical and emotional. While there have been no shortage of things to write about, to be real honest, I wasn’t very motivated to write about them, and I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested in what I had to say.

For many reasons, education is not easy, and it can be hard to share our challenges without feeling like we are complaining, or asking for pity. I am a voracious reader, and I get some great ideas from my professional learning network, but I have to be honest and say that there are times that I begin to wonder if I am doing something wrong.

  • Am I struggling more than I should?
  • Why does it seem so easy for others?
  • Does anyone else get discouraged, frustrated, or overwhelmed with their work?
  • Are there times that others question their progress, or if they are making a difference?

I use writing for reflection and learning. Putting words to paper (or blog) allows me to process circumstances, brainstorm solutions, and share frustrations. As a writer, I want to be honest — to write about the good I see, but also share my challenges so that I can learn from others (and maybe they can learn from me).

Looking at my previous posts, I began to realize that I was allowing my writing to be overly influenced by my perceived audience. I shied away from writing about my struggles, and even my passions. I was worried that others would think I had lost it, or that they would grow tired of hearing me talk about the importance of connecting with students,the impact of poverty on students and their education, or the power of teaching students that they are difference makers (three topics that give me purpose in education).

Be forewarned. Using this blog as a medium, I plan to record my passions, share my challenges and frustrations, and write with honesty. From this point forward, I am going to keep things real.

Wishing all a great week.

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  • http://www.patrickmlarkin.com/ Patrick Larkin

    Look forward to reading more Jeff. I have had similar issues keeping up a steady flow of blog posts this year and am still struggling with how to do a better job. But ultimately, the purpose of our blogs (in my opinion) is to reflect on issues that are important to us. I definitely feel a bit inadequate when I don’t write for a long stretch, but I try to sit back and think about where I have been spending my time.

    I find that a lot of my blogging time has been lost due to the busy schedules of my children and when I think about that I have no regrets about having fewer posts. I hope the rest of your year goes well!

    • azjd

      Thanks for the comment, and perspective, Patrick. Truly appreciated! There is absolutely a balance to everything we do…and lost blogging time to family is not a loss :) I completely agree with you about the purpose of blogging.

      Hope you and your family are doing well!

  • Ramsey

    Hi Jeff

    My name is Ramsey Willis and I am a graduate student taking an Educational Media Class, EDM 510, at the University of South Alabama. When I came across your post I knew I had to read it when I saw “Keeping It Real”. As a future educator, I want to know what some of the struggles are that some teachers have faced. I believe whatever stories you have, although it may seem like it is just happening to you, can be useful for visitors of your blog. I would also suggest not sugar-coating the truth. We need to know so we can be prepared. We don’t want to walk in and think that it is just going to be easy (which if anyone does that, they are in for a rude awakening anyway), we want to know the “stone cold” truth. For example, I hear that a lot of times the students aren’t really hard to deal with. I hear that it is more of the politics of education and the administration that most people have problems with. Is that true? Please enlighten me and others whether it is through your posts or through comments. I am sure there are a lot of people out there who wish to know.

    Thanks for reading my comment. You can view my blog anytime you would like.

    • azjd

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment Ramsey. Like any profession, education has its share of challenges. Keep learning, be reflective, open to suggestions, and ask for help along the way — keys to being successful. Wish you the best in your studies!

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